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  • The Political Elephants in the Room

    Posted on Mar 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve pointed out before that unions’ ability to effectively compel members—including members who don’t support the unions’ political preferences—to support the politicians of the unions’ choosing makes them political power players. Now, our Executive Director is telling Pennsylvanians that Trumka’s money is coming to influence their election, a large bloc of members’ opinions aside: Last […]

  • The New York Times Flubs Union Political Funding

    Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With money in politics looking to be a major theme in Democratic Party messaging for the fall election, their friends are finding themselves trying to explain away the fact that over the past quarter-century the largest spenders on federal political candidates are (largely) labor unions, which are overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning. That has led many to get […]

  • SEIU Corporate Campaign Gridlocks Steel City

    Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an age of unions-in-all-but-label-only “worker centers,” the traditional union brand-attack corporate campaign has fallen somewhat out of favor. Not in Pittsburgh, though: The SEIU, partnering with public relations firm Berlin Rosen—both also deeply involved in New York City’s Fast Food Forward worker center campaign—has taken to the streets to pressure the University of Pittsburgh […]

  • UNITE HERE Reaps Wages of Partisanship

    Posted on Mar 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Culinary Local 226, an affiliate of UNITE HERE representing Las Vegas casino workers, is threatening to take its 10,000 members out on strike. The reason? The casinos and the union can’t agree on how to pay for putting Local 226 employee health plans into compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known […]

  • Union Faces NLRB Charge for Alleged Rape Threat

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    We’ve covered the despicable behavior of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) before. In a dispute with the Port of Longview, ILWU members stormed the port, and when local media went to ask about the incident, a union member threatened to destroy the reporters’ camera. But a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unfair […]

  • Promoting Employee Rights on the UAW’s Doorstep

    Posted on Mar 04, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United Auto Workers (UAW) is still stinging from its recent defeat at the hands of Volkswagen assembly plant workers in Tennessee. But while union leaders spew vitriol at local officials and demand a re-vote, our Executive Director is telling Detroit News readers that there is a better way to direct labor back to relevancy. […]

  • Weingarten’s War on Reform Slams Pennsylvania Kids

    Posted on Feb 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The American Federation of Teachers and its boss, Randi Weingarten, have waged a national war on public school reform that spans decades. Driven by the maxim, “Nice political career you have, shame if anything were to happen to it,” the nation’s most militant teachers union fights advocates for better public schools from New York to […]

  • UAW Flops in Tennessee

    Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big news in the labor world: The United Auto Workers lost a secret-ballot vote to organize workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UAW and its parent federation, the AFL-CIO, aren’t taking the defeat lying down, as The Wall Street Journal reports: So far, the unions’ reaction to the defeat has been […]